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Ona Named One of TIME’s 50 “ Genius Companies” 2018

Ona was recently recognized as one of TIME magazine’s inaugural “Top 50 Most Genius Companies” list. This list recognizes innovative businesses that are changing the way we work, live and play.

Ona, one of five African companies selected for the list, was selected for its focus on solving public health and social sector challenges through technology. Using mapping and data technologies from its namesake mobile survey platform, Ona also builds mobile apps such as OpenSRP, which helps frontline health workers deliver services more effectively to rural families. The mapping work, referenced in TIME, is the result of a four-year partnership with Zambia-based Akros, mPower, SDI, WHO, IRD, SID, and JHU to co-develop mSpray, an innovative approach to support precision service delivery. Ona also created Canopy, an enterprise data analytics and visualization platform, specifically to support the needs of humanitarian and international development organizations.

Read more about this here.


Ona Data Platform

As part of improving our privacy and security policy we have added an email verification step in the signup process. Email verification adds an extra layer of security to your account by requiring you to verify the email address that is tied to your Ona account. All new user accounts will be required to verify their email address by clicking the email verification link that is sent to your email after creating an account. For existing user accounts that have not verified their email address, a message prompting you to verify your email will appear on the homepage of your Ona account when you log in. Unverified user accounts will not be able to contact us via chat or email. For any related issues, please email support@ona.io.

For more on the latest updates and bug fixes, please visit our release notes.

mHealth news

Gavi, the Global Vaccine Alliance, named OpenSRP a 2018 INFUSE Pacesetter. Gavi Pacesetters are selected for their cutting edge technology and innovative approaches for tackling the challenge of immunization coverage. This recognition comes as a result of the successful rollout of ZEIR (Zambia Electronic Immunization Register), which was successfully scaled to all of Southern Province of Zambia at the start of this year.

Ona partners with WHO on the Armadillo project. We recently partnered with the World Health Organization and partners in Kenya and Peru to develop and deliver the ARMADILLO system providing youth access to sexual and reproductive health information via SMS. Read about how we used RapidPro, an open source messaging platform, to send out health content via SMS.

Ona is partnering with Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins University affiliate, to implement the USAID Boresha Afya project in Tanzania’s Lake and Western Zones. We are developing an app in OpenSRP for frontline health workers to help improve primary health care service delivery, strengthen accountability, aid in decision-making, and generate real-time data for improved monitoring and evaluation with a focus on Reproductive, Maternal, Malaria, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health (RM2NCAH) and Family Planning.

Data Analytics and Other Projects

CTO Peter Lubell-Doughtie, recently joined Tobias Macey for the ‘Data Engineering podcast” to discuss issues around modern data management, Ona’s history, and the technical challenges we’ve had to address to build global data collection platforms in humanitarian, international development, and global health verticals. Listen to the full podcast on the blog.

We’ve partnered with Village Reach to expand the reporting capabilities of OpenLMIS. Read about a dashboard we built for an OpenLMIS instance in Mozambique that combines data across 7 different systems — including DHIS2 — in a single view on our Canopy blog here